Unlicensed Replacement Window Contractors Exposed — Why it’s Important to Hire Licensed and Insured Companies

Hire the wrong contractor and you could lose thousands of dollars cleaning up their mess.
Hire the wrong contractor and you could lose thousands of dollars cleaning up their mess.

Remnants of Hurricane Sandy continue to haunt Staten Islanders — and for good reason. Mysterious contractors of all sorts came out of the woodwork offering a helping hand. But left behind shoddy craftsmanship or none at all because they took off after receiving payment before laying a finger on the property.

Talk about kicking you when you’re down.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a natural disaster to come across shady companies — whether it’s for replacement windows, hardwood flooring, or other remodeling projects. We’re surrounded by them, and it’s up to you to do your homework to find out if they’re not only legitimate, but if they’ll do the job right without ripping you off or forcing you into court should something go wrong on the job site, aka your home.

Check Your Contractor’s License

A reputable contractor will give you their license number. They must be registered under the state where the work is being performed. If you live on Staten Island, but happen to hire a New Jersey company, they most possess a valid NYC Home Improvement License. Their New Jersey License doesn’t permit them to work here.

Being licensed offers assurance that the principal owner has been checked for criminal history and meets industry standards, which includes taking a written examination. The state licensing division will help mediate any issues that can arise during your project, but only if you’ve hired a licensed contractor.

We at The Men With Tools Home Remodeling are licensed with the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and state of New Jersey and are backed by high customer ratings. We also have a reference list easily available on our website. We encourage all of our potential customers to call them at any time to ask anything.

Some questions to consider are:

What was your overall satisfaction with the job?
Do you feel like you got EXACTLY what you wanted?
Were there any problems, and if so, how were they handled?
If you had to do it over, would you hire them again?

We care about good business practices and don’t leave you in the dark. It’s our promise and guarantee to you.

Make Sure Your Contractor is Insured

Accidents happen. That’s why there’s insurance. Your contractor is responsible for purchasing general liability insurance for the company and workers compensation insurance for their workers. Say while installing your new replacement windows, the technician damages your wall or furniture inside your home. General liability insurance will cover this, so you don’t have to worry. If they don’t have a policy, you’ll find yourself having to pay to fix their gaffe, which isn’t fair at all.

Should an employee injure themselves on your property without workers compensation, there is a good chance you will be sued and worst of all, they will be going after your house and other valuable assets.

We carry a $1-$2 million general liability policy and $1 million in workers’ compensation. We also carry a $1 million commercial auto policy. It’s better safe than to be sorry.

Know Who’s Working in Your Home

It’s no secret that the construction industry has individuals with criminal records and drug problems. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find good help these days. That’s why our technicians go through extensive background checks. We don’t hire people off the street and pay them under the table, and that’s what you may find with these unlicensed and uninsured contractors.

We understand that having strangers in your home isn’t a comfortable feeling, especially if you have young children. Your home is your castle. That’s why we take the necessary steps and precautions knowing the technicians we hire won’t only do the job right, but are quality citizens who you can trust.

Are you in the market for replacement windows, doors or hardwood floors? Check out The Men With Tools on Staten Island, NY who will give you excellent service and an honest upfront price. Call us today at 347-815-4151 for a free estimate or stop by our showroom located at 4193 Hylan Blvd in Staten Island, NY 10308.

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